I'm not what you would consider a "runner". I don't run every single day nor do I run most days of the week. I, however, before getting pregnant with my second baby, used to enjoy running particularly short runs on weekends and some evenings during the week.
One summer day in 2018, I was out for a run, an attempt to do a 10K that afternoon. I didn't feel like running to begin with that day, but I pushed myself to get out of the house anyway. I started feeling dizzy around 1km mark. I stopped running. I thought maybe it was just too hot for me. So I walked and decided to head home.
A few days after that attempt of doing a 10k run, I found out I was pregnant. It made sense why I was feeling the way I was that day. The dizziness was one of the pregnancy symptoms I was having. Since finding out I was 4 weeks pregnant, I stopped running all together. I guess I always had it in my head that I may feel dizzy again while out running.
And so my pregnancy was happening and all went well fortunately. Nine months later, our beautiful baby girl was born. If you're reading this, I'm guessing you also took a break from running when you got pregnant. Having a newborn is just magical, isn't it?. All the pains of giving birth however you gave birth, just disappears (not entirely but you know what I mean) once you see your baby. Then comes the sleepless nights, and being unable to get out of the house like I used to. I knew this was temporary as this is my second child.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario, where winters can be rough. Snow and rain mix together on top of a gloomy day. This kind of weather definitely did not motivate me to start getting back into running again. In fact, I have forgotten about it for a long while.
I wanted to get rid of my "baby weight" but I wasn't mentally and physically ready to run outside again. I started doing short workouts at home every morning and started getting myself back into eating the right amount. I went all out during my whole pregnancy! Eventually I bounced back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
My baby is now 9 months old and we're in the middle of January here, I started craving to run and sweat again. I'm not sure what got into me. I guess the "not running" just got old eventually. I'm looking into joining a Winter run and hopefully join more short races come Spring and Summer. If you've read this far, wow, thank you! Stay and read a little more to find out how I plan on getting back into running again after a long 18-month-break of zero running and how you can, too.
That's all folks, I hope these tips will help you get back into running or just working out in general. Leave your comments below if you have other tips not mentioned above.
Written by: Monica Juno Arsenault
Co-founder, Yatta Life Inc
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